Date of Award


Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

McConkey, J. W.,


Physics, Atomic.




Experiments involving a magneto-optical trap (MOT) as the target in electron impact cross section studies were carried out. The use of a MOT allows the kinematic properties of the target atoms, and their electronic states, to be controlled via operating parameters of the MOT's lasers. A MOT is capable of saturating the excited state of a gaseous target of atoms and provides a unique opportunity to measure exotic collision processes. Measurements use a trap-loss technique to relate the loss rate of atoms from the trap due to electron interactions to a collision cross section. Total scattering cross section measurements are given for the 62S 1/2 ground state and the 62P3/2 excited state of cesium. The excited state measurement is the first measurement of its kind. Total ionization cross sections are also presented for the both the 6 2S1/2 ground state and 62P3/2 excited state. The ionization cross sections are measured by adjusting the radiation force of the MOT lasers to damp the elastic scattering component of the total cross section. The ionization cross section for the excited state is the first experimental determination of its kind. Full details of the experimental apparatus and the analysis procedure are presented. The results of this experiment are combined with other experimental data and compared to the most recent calculations.Dept. of Physics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .M322. Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-10, Section: B, page: 4996. Adviser: J. W. McConkey. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.